Shillong, June 19: A Khasi feature film – Dak Bangla, has bagged the Prag Cine Awards Northeast, 2017 during an award giving ceremony held at Kokrajhar in Assam on Sunday.
The Khasi movie bagged the title ‘Best Female Actor’ through Shillong-based female actor, Sylvania Mawlong for her double role in the movie.
Mawlong performed a double role in the movie, one, as a mentally unstable girl who is possessed by an evil spirit that haunts her house, and the other, as a mentally ill girl who revenged the perpetrators when the evil spirit entered into her.
Mawlong, the dancer who had also won the talent hunt contest ‘Dance Meghalaya Dance’ made her debut in Dak Bangla at the age of 13.
An elated Mawlong was proud for the award and considered it, a stepping stone not only for her but for the entire film industry in the state.
“I did not expect that I would bag the ward, and I’m so delighted for this feat,” the 15-year old actress said, as she screamed out loud with joy.
‘Dak Bangla’ is Khasi’s first horror movie, directed by Kitbok Kharmalki and produced by Justice Marweiń of Umjer Production with Regina Lamu, Sylvania Mawlong (Main), Metilda Nongbah and Joseph Pyngrope as the main starrers.
“This is a great achievement for all of us, and it really inspired us,” Marweiń said.
Prior to this ceremony, Marweiń explained, the film was called for screening in Guwahati on May 13 this year for the nomination in three categories – best film, best director and best female actor.
“We are so happy for bagging the title ‘best female actor.’ We came to know that we also missed the title ‘best director’ by only few points,” Marweiń said.
Director, Kharmalki too shared the same views. “The award gives us the strength that we have the talent and we are capable of doing more to promote Khasi films and artists,” Kharmalki said.
The movie is about a 12 year old rape victim who was brutally killed in the same house inhabited by the present owners and her spirit still lingers on.
Prag Cine Awards Northeast 2017 was presented by Prag Network to honour actors, technical achievements, and films censored in 2016 from Assam and the rest of Northeast.
Renowned Bollywood actors Jackie Sharoff, Adil Hussain, well known director from Assam, Bijou Phukan and other prominent personalities were present during the ceremony.